We recently returned from a family reunion/vacation on Buckeye Lake near Columbus, OH. Our second trip out there in the last few years, and it was a lot of fun. The kids are at the age to really enjoy water sports, which were our featured activity each day. This meant early mornings – getting up at 5:30-6:00 EST(!) to make our cast off time, avoid the crowds, and hit the smooth water. It also meant my brother and me had to make our attempts at wake-boarding, to the delight of the kids, since neither of us are very good.
The kids caught on quickly, though, aided by the patience of our cousins and their silver and red Buckeye boat (it really is an awesome ski-boat; the best one on the lake), not to mention some surprise instructions by a former professional wake-boarder and friends. Weekends like these are big confidence builders for them; they tried something new, were pretty successful, and had fun.
For me, it’s a little strange to be on a lake that’s purely recreational. Our lakes in Illinois usually have dual-hats: flood control, power plant cooling, etc. Lake Shelbyville, where I grew up, is a federally run lake with a flood control purpose primarily. No houses and restaurants at water’s edge, fluctuating water levels, and lots of coves with old dead trees. Couldn’t say which is better, but Buckeye Lake is sure a lot more convenient.
The best part of this vacation, though, was the family reunion. Everyone made it back except one cousin, and we all had a genuinely good time together. No major drama, the bigger kids were very kind and patient with the younger kids, and the adults were able to catch up and enjoy the down time. We may have had some early wake-up calls, but the stress levels were low and the food was good, and the weather outstanding. No real Griswold moments with this one, though I’d like to think old Clark would have approved.